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" I do believe in one true love. "
" Shakespeare and his work will always be relevant. He wrote those pieces hundreds of years ago and we haven't really changed as humans, have we? We have to deal with love, honour and adultery now - people were the same then, too - that's what's so wonderful and powerful. "
" It's old news, me and my accent, but it always seems to make headlines. "
" I want a house with a garden, but slap bang in the centre of London. Next door to a sushi bar. "
" I just want a really varied career, and just to keep going, really. "
" I think my parents knew before I did that I was going to be an actress, because I was doing impressions of Margaret Thatcher at the age of four. "
" I wasn't an academic. I hated maths and science at school. I couldn't concentrate. "
" I can be so blown away by story lines. "
" 'Othello' was my first Shakespearean discovery. I was obsessed with drama at school, and I studied the play for my English GCSE. Desdemona is the part that everyone wants, but Iago's wife Emilia is the one I've always been drawn to. "
" Laugh at yourself - a lot. My mum taught me not to take myself too seriously. "
" I loved the 'Die Hard' films growing up and the 'Taken' movies. They're so entertaining, and I enjoy being on the edge of my seat. "
" You learn an incredible amount doing theatre, not just about to behave. "
" I'm not from aristocracy, or anything like that. "
" I come from a very working-class background, so my family would have been downstairs in the past, as opposed to upstairs. People are often quite surprised to hear that, that I'm not actually posh. "
In The Past
" It is impossible to watch a 'Friends' episode too many times. Phoebe is my favourite character. I used to play her songs on the guitar when I was a teenager. 'Smelly Cat' is very easy. It's only about three chords. "
" 'Downton Abbey' has become this huge thing, and I really enjoy the success of it, but I sometimes find myself on the outside looking in, which is sort of a healthy way to look at it so you don't get too caught up in it. "
" I love discovering tiny streets. "
" A good friend of mine works at Oxfam and has been closely involved in the charity's aid efforts in Syria. "
" In my twenties, I was a bit of a worrier; it bothered me what people thought of me, what job I was doing. "
" In the early '20s, with the war over, there was a period of celebration, and you can see it in the fashion. "
" I worked out; I moved 16 times from the age of 19, just hopping about from different flats, because I couldn't always afford to stay. "
" The journey matters as much as the destination. By engaging in the moment on set, I've stopped rushing and now find pleasure in the collaborative process - the characters, the costumes - rather than worrying about the finished product. "
" 'Expect nothing and hope for the best' is my mantra. A drama teacher called Joseph Blatchley told me that, and it's the best advice I've had. If you keep an open mind and don't expect too much, then you won't be disappointed. "
" I think the success of 'Downton' is partly because there are effectively 18 leading characters, all given equal importance, so it's enormously involving on many levels. But also, it's a new story. It's not like Dickens or Austen, where everyone knows the denouement. "
" I think so often you can come out of drama school and get thrown in the deep end. "
" I'm the youngest of three sisters, and my parents have always encouraged all of us to do whatever made us happy. "
" I think some period drama can be quite alienating, but 'Downton' isn't. This is going to sound quite, um, pretentious, but someone said that it's like a soap written by a poet. "
" I regret not learning to drive when I was younger. "
" I love cycling, but if I could find a way of building something above the streets for cyclists, that would be amazing. We need even more space. "
" I really enjoy singing, it's entirely different to acting because I'm just being myself. "
" At the age of eight, I auditioned for 'The Sound of Music' and made it through to the third round, where we all stood in a row like the Von Trapp family and had to sing. "